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August 31, 2016 1:19 am

Palestinian Summer Camps, Where Kids Learn to Kill Jews, Constitute Child Abuse

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Young children in Gaza seen taking part in the opening of a Hamas summer camp. Photo: Hamas.

Young children in Gaza seen taking part in the opening of a Hamas summer camp. Photo: Hamas.

It’s August. Camp has ended — that rite of summer for millions of American children. Swimming, hiking, campfire sing-alongs and S’mores, drama skits, lanyard-making, new friends and creating lifelong memories.

Palestinian summer camps have also just ended, but their children have very different experiences to share and memories to hold dear.

This year’s theme for Hamas summer camps, attended by tens of thousands of children in Gaza, was the “Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Intifada.”

The primary focus of these summer camps is to indoctrinate young children with radical jihadist ideology and to prepare them for martyrdom (suicide) operations. A “counselor” explains, “The goal of these camps is to instill the spirit of Jihad and of fighting in these cubs.” Ibrahim Al-Madhoun, a columnist for the Hamas Al-Risalah, wrote, “These camps will lay the foundations for building a broad popular army.”

To that end, at Palestinian summer camp, young children learned to fire machine guns, crawl through tunnels and beneath barbed wire, handle rocket launchers and plant mines. They were taught kidnapping techniques for capturing Israeli soldiers and even had fun shooting at images of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Because the summer camp theme was Jerusalem Intifada, which is the name for the wave of knifing attacks that Israeli civilians have faced since last fall, the children were also taught how to use knives as murder weapons.

The names of the summer camps reflect the Al-Quds Intifada theme: One is called the “Knife Camp,” another, “Soldiers of Al-Quds.”

Summer camps in the disputed territories (aka West Bank) are often named for terrorist “martyrs” whom the children are taught to venerate as role models — terrorists like Dalal Mughrabi who, in 1978, killed 15 Israeli civilians and wounded over 60, and Abu Jihad, deputy to Yasser Arafat who headed the PLO terror organization’s military wing and planned many deadly attacks against Israeli civilians, including the 1978 killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

According to Israeli Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, the families are not hesitant to send their children to be trained as future jihadis and express pride in having their children taught how to use various types of weapons.

Of course, Palestinian campers do participate in drama production, but not “Tales of the Arabian Nights” or “Sinbad the Sailor.” As part of the closing ceremony at a Palestinian summer camp, children performed a play whose messagewas that Palestinian prisoners were being killed in cold blood by Israelis. Some children played the role of Israeli jailers and others the role of the murdered Palestinians.

Incitement and violence are taught side by side with swimming and soccer. The indoctrination is comparable to Hitler’s youth groups. Children as young as five learn that Israelis are the greatest evil on earth and come to see jihad against the Jews as the path to martyrdom in the name of Allah.

This is a far cry from the cooperation, compromise, tolerance and respect for others that American summer camps hope to instill in their campers — values that emphasize the importance of working out problems rather than resorting to violence. Only a Palestinian summer camp would take an impressionable child and mold him into a murderer.

There is no way to describe these Palestinian summer camps other than human rights abuse against children, robbing them of their childhood, inciting them to glorify conflict, violence and death.

Palestinian summer camps train children to be the next generation of Muslim terrorists. International human rights organizations know the truth, but turn a blind eye.

Ziva Dahl is a fellow with the Haym Salomon Center. She has a Master of Arts degree in public law and government from Columbia University and an A.B. in political science from Vassar College. This article was originally published by the American Spectator.

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  • nat cheiman

    Palestinians need to find a home in one of the 57 other muslim nations. Yes. Kids learn to kill Jews. But if they are chased out to another muslim country, they will learn how to kill each other. That is happening in Syria & Libya.

  • Joshua

    Looks like yaacov has gone off his meds

  • diane

    Wow,Good job,way to go moms and dads you should be so proud of your self’s for bringing up such good little haters that learn to be evil just like their sicko fanatic parents and sicko leaders and the rest of the world try to blame the Jews,gays and Christians for their lifestyles. Well this is so sad because I sent my children to camp along with multi-culture kids and guess what they came back happy wonderful children that have love for one another,our children are not taught to hate and in our country we have a no bully tolerance with our innocent little ones in our schools, well at least in some of our schools. But all said and done Great job you hater parents that’s why your lives are miserable and unhappy your faces and your life styles show no happiness it only shows hate and evil, may God forgive you for teaching your little ones to be as evil as you are and when you do face God which we will all will do when we die, may he forgive you evil doers for corrupting the mind and hearts of your poor little children. Oh and you so called proud dads will die alone,you will not have virgins, if you believe that then you can see where your perverted minds are obviously you are a bunch of perverts that keep on teaching your boys lies and how to be fanatics like you.

  • Boris

    That was to yaakov

  • stevenl

    These are the camps (like madrasas) where the man-made mental disease is inoculated into young and very young children. They become human-IEDs under the control of their fanatical and monstrous barbaric masters of apocalyps. The Western world, cowardly, remains silent when they do not criticize IL!

    • Reform School

      Lolo Soetoro’s Indonesian mosque madrassa brainwashed the future President of the United States to hate it?

  • Yaakov

    So American children engage in good, wholesome activities like eating s’mores? S’mores are marshmallows, and marshmallows are made from gelatin, a substance derived from the connective tissue of farm animals that literally never “have a happy day.” It one wants to talk about respect for life, it’s important to put oneself under the microscope as well and stop suppressing the ways that one may be contributing to suffering in the world.

    • @Yaakov: Good grief, please tell me this is demented satire. As in that you are behind reinforced glass in some institution.

    • Boris

      What are you talking about?
      Your not making sense ?